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Candy Morris-Thompson, Moorhead, Published May 13 2012

Coffee shops lose some customers

I can understand and appreciate the students in the area wanting to meet and study at a coffee shop that offers free Wi-Fi, but do the universities in the area not offer Wi-Fi throughout their campuses? It should be free to all students anyway.

My sisters and I frequently choose to meet for coffee on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, and most times when we walk into a coffeehouse, all we see are individuals, sometimes two, taking up tables meant for four, all with their laptops open, papers spread around and no drink anywhere on the table. It certainly precludes the three of us from finding seating together where we can spend our money on an expensive latte or cappuccino. Isn’t the coffee shop a “for-profit” organization?

We enjoy the sofas and loveseats at some coffee houses, as we are there to visit, but even those are taken by people with laptops open, so, unfortunately, we end up leaving, sometimes finding a different location, often trying two or three, or ending up at a fast-food restaurant for a soda.

It is the coffee shop’s financial loss when they allow people to sit for hours buying little or nothing when there are many of us willing to spend our money at their shops. I wonder if the store owner is aware of this lack of profit for that day’s business.